Design finding its way to the core of business organizations as a source of transformation. But the development does not concern aesthetics as the term implies. Instead, the impact of design changes the way people work as a response to new market realities and the force of digitization.
Design Thinking brings empathy
Empathy is one of the main driving forces of design thinking where the focus is set on users’ experiences, especially their emotional ones. Another is the use of a work-method with a discipline of prototyping. Where the prospects of failure are calculated in a trial and error mood. In general, design thinking transforms the organization into an interactive developing flexible organizational culture. This in contrast to the machine thinking of the Industrial Age.
The impact of Design on Learning
Research from Umeå University in northern Sweden directed on the learning environment’s impact on student’s creative development shows interesting results. As creativity, as well as complex problem solving, is considered as important competencies for future learning programs. Both EU and UNESCO have included this as a prioritized area in their future educational framework, the question: How? Will be of great importance. In this spirit, the research of Sol Morén at Umeå University has its basis in the theory of relational creativity.
Learning Environments for Creativity
The results of the research are presented in the thesis Relational creativity – What can participatory art do for higher education?. Where the theory of relational creativity is visualized in four design concepts.
- Design for creative transformation
- Design for creative participation
- Design for creative comparative meetings
- Design for creative networking